10/23/2014 10:24 EDT | Updated 12/23/2014 05:59 EST

Philippe Couillard Condemns Soldier Attacks In Ottawa, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu


Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard in a short statement on Thursday expressed his condolences for the victims of this week's soldier attacks.

Flanked by Public Security Minister Lise Thériault and Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil, Couillard spoke for just a few moments.

"There is absolutely no acceptable justification for these acts," Couillard said.

He condemned the attacks on soldiers in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa and commended the actions taken by members of the military and law enforcement agencies in taking down the perpetrators.

Couillard said governments and society as a whole need to continue to support the military and law enforcement.

He also underscored the importance of ensuring Quebec and Canada remain culturally diverse, speaking about the challenges faced in trying to combine the task of creating a strong identity with growing diversity.

"Our society is distinct, certainly; not better or worse than others. And like others, it also has its demons," Couillard said.

He ended his short speech by saying he believed the province and country would recover from these difficult times.

"Our 400 years of history are proof," Couillard said.


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